THE much anticipated 10th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) and ZimThrive’s homecoming summit scheduled for next month have been postponed to December due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Boy band Mokoomba, actress Chipo Tariro Chung, music executive Taponeswa Mavunga and motocross biker Tanya Muzinda were among a host of many other celebrated Zimbabweans lined up to receive awards at the ZAA 10th anniversary celebrations which had been slated for Victoria Falls next month.
Conrad Mwanza, the chairperson of ZAA, said that while it is deeply saddening to have to postpone the awards, he agreed with the move ZimThrive has made and that it was in the best interests of all parties.
“A number of notable events around the world are facing a similar predicament and we agree that at a time of global uncertainty, the safety and health of our guests and community is paramount, and that public gatherings at this juncture do need to be minimised in order to prevent the spread of the virus.”
“This is an opportunity for us to continue to promote and highlight the extraordinary work Zimbabweans are doing around the world, especially at this time and we look forward to celebrating our tenth edition in the coming months,” Mwanza said.
ZimThrive’s executive leadership team also announced that the inaugural event, scheduled to take place from April 1-30 nationwide, will now take place from December 1-31, 2020.
“The ZimThrive executive leadership team has been monitoring the global coronavirus outbreak and evaluating potential risks.
“Our key priority is the safety and health of our fellow Zimbabweans and we feel that minimising travel at this time will reduce the impact and spread of the virus.
“Therefore, we have collectively made a decision to postpone the impending homecoming, scheduled to take place from April 1-30, 2020,” ZimThrive said in a statement.